New Samsung Omnia 7 Firmware Rom available and Samsung I7850 Omnia 8 coming soon ?

A new Samsung Omnia 7 ROM has just emerged a few minutes ago for all you brave souls who wish start the new year by doing something risky. There’s apparently two versions of it which are dated November 2010: I8700XENJK1: CS,DE,EN,FR,HU,IT,PL,SL and I8700BSEJK1 : EN,ET,LT,LV,RU,UK (AZ,BG,DE,FR,KA,KK,MK,RO,SR). No word yet on what is new in there or even if it is safe to flash them. But if you are in the mood just head over here to grab the files and the tools need to flash your device. BTW, according to the same website (which has a pretty good track record) there’s a Samsung I7850 (Omnia 8 ) Windows Phone 7 in the making and based on the model number I’m guessing that it will sport a hardware keyboard.

Update: I finally flashed the I8700XENJK1 ROM on my carrier branded Samsung Omnia 7 and played a bit with it for a few hours now . The whole flashing process took only 3 minutes.There’s no need to sim-unlock your device or anything and It can be flashed on any Omnia 7 device as long as you can access the Download Mode. The good news is that the Radio stack has apparently received a big update here because all Data connections (Cellular and Wifi,didn’t test BT yet) have been improved. The Marketplace now loads super quickly (and still hasn’t crashed yet!) and all third-party applications that fetch data online are now quick to load up content. The Diagnosis tool has also been updated (there haptic feedback when tapping on the dialer in the diagnosis application). Please keep in mind that flashing your carried branded Omnia 7 with this F/W will effectively void your device’s warranty.

Update: Here’s a short video of it:

  • http://twitter.com/Blogsdna Blogsdna

    May I know how did you update this ROM on your Omnia 7 ?

  • http://www.mobiletechworld.com MobileTechWorld

    Just hit the link in the post (too samfirmware) and you will find all the instructions and and files (you’ll first need to register a free account).

  • http://twitter.com/anaadoul Adel Al Zubeir

    Awesome, i will try it.
    I need the 3G option though, maybe will have to use the diagnostics from now on :(

  • http://www.mobiletechworld.com MobileTechWorld

    Yup looks like using the Diagnosis tool will be your only solution for now. Was really pleasantly surprised with the Data connection speed boost thought!

  • OmniaUser

    Can you post a video omnia 7 running this latest rom? I’m interested in seeing how faster the OS has become and if this build contains copy/paste as well?

  • http://www.mobiletechworld.com MobileTechWorld

    I’ll shoot a video later (it’s a bit late right now ;-) ) And there’s no Copy-Paste or any new feature (the OS is exactly the same). OS Updates will only come through Microsoft.

  • http://twitter.com/Blogsdna Blogsdna

    Oh Cool, Thanks for the info.

  • http://twitter.com/jammbalaja jambalaja

    When I bought my Focus I did not know that the phone had not Copy And Paste. I would not dare buy any WP7 phone today. They seems like they are light years behind, Competitors

  • kev

    Oh really I have an Iphone, iPod an iPad and a Omnia 7; seems to me that WP7 i plenty compeitive to me – care to explain why c/p suddenly are a messure of light year.

  • http://twitter.com/jessiethe3rd Jessie Anderson

    I have it… I guess I dared to buy it and you know what?? It’s DAMN good. Do I miss CP? Uh… every once in a while. Does it imped my ability? Nope.

  • http://twitter.com/jessiethe3rd Jessie Anderson

    I am wondering if this will run on my Samsung Focus… I dare not update… I’ll wait I guess :D

  • http://www.mobiletechworld.com MobileTechWorld

    Nope it’s only for the Omnia 7 :)

  • Nemesisproject

    Can you please try if the phone switches off, when hitting the powerbutton while the phone is locked?
    Then we could avoid the occasional shutdowns :)

  • http://www.mobiletechworld.com MobileTechWorld

    When phone is locked if I (long) press the power button it shuts down the phone (same as when I do it when it’s not locked). Same thing happens when I long press the power button while the screen is OFF. Simply pressing on the power button just turns the screen on and off(as it normally should).

  • Nemesisproject

    I’ll hope this get fixed some time… I see no sense in switching off the Phone while the screen is off. It’s just annoying when you find out that the phone switched itself off an you didnt notice… this is even worse then the iphones antenna problem :(

  • http://www.mobiletechworld.com MobileTechWorld

    I wouldn’t say that it’s comparable to the iPhone issues (I personally never had a problem with the phone shutting off).It’s probably ans OS thing thought so it’s up to Microsoft to change this behavior.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sergey-Durnov/100000964100298 Sergey Durnov

    I8700XENJK1: CS,DE,EN,FR,HU,IT,PL,SL and I8700BSEJK1 : EN,ET,LT,LV,RU,UK (AZ,BG,DE,FR,KA,KK,MK,RO,SR)

    Does it mean russian and other languages support for UI and keyboard????

  • http://www.mobiletechworld.com MobileTechWorld

    Apparently there’s no Russian support even in the SEK1 :-(

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=662972403 David Gordon

    On what planet were you living when you bought the WP7? Everyone on planet earth knew that it wasn’t included in the first release.

  • Nemesisproject

    Just found out that i had some troubles with the battery, not with the powerbutton: grabbing the phone at the two ends and twisting it carefully resulted in an direct shutdown! (I’d call it the in-pocket-simulation ) took the battery out and put it back in, now it seems to work.

    but for the firmware: i bought my phone in Luxemburg on December 1st, and the “actual” firmware seemed to be installed since the beginning! I havent changed a thing and its uptodate with 2424.10.11.1

    and thx for the fast replies ;)

  • http://www.mobiletechworld.com MobileTechWorld

    Yeah the battery cover can be a bit loose so I’m guessing that this was probably causing your battery to move a little bit in there.
    The Firmware is dated November 2010 so it’s not surprising that it’s already shipping in Handsets manufactured in Dec. Thankfully you check it out before flashing (and potentially wasting your time ;) )

  • http://twitter.com/zulhardy Zulhardy

    Guys help!! I’ve flashed the firmware but now Marketplace says I have to repurchase the apps that I’ve already purchased!! Help pls!!

  • http://www.mobiletechworld.com MobileTechWorld

    what ? ;-)

  • Zulu

    When you update your firmware does it remove anything already stored on your phone such as sms, contacts, etc? Do you have to start from scratch?

  • http://www.mobiletechworld.com MobileTechWorld

    Yes you will have to start from scratch.

  • Zulu

    Cheers thanks for that. Might wait until you can back up sms’ etc then. Looking forward to your video to see how it runs though.

  • zejulien

    Can you tell if flash firmware totaly reset the phone? Erase contact, applications, personnal parameters, sms, photos…

  • http://www.mobiletechworld.com MobileTechWorld

    Yes everything is wiped from the phone, you will have to re-setup everything.

  • zejulien

    ok, thank you. So it’s not for me, unless if you know how to save everything before flash rom and how to reload all easily ;p

  • http://www.mobiletechworld.com MobileTechWorld

    Well the only thing that you can’t save are the SMS and IE bookmarks. Everything else can be backed (or easily re-syned) with the Zune software (pictures,videos,music and applications) and contacts are automatically synced with the cloud.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sergey-Durnov/100000964100298 Sergey Durnov

    Dam, why it is so hard to them to make at least russian onscreen keyboard??

  • http://twitter.com/topleya Andy Topley

    Will this be officially release by Samsung so it can be updated without the potential loss of warranty?

  • http://www.mobiletechworld.com MobileTechWorld

    This is something we don’t know yet. What is known thought is that the Omnia 7 devices currently sold have this Firmware pre-installed. I’m guessing that the changes included in it will proably be part of the update package that will be pushed by MS next month but I frankly can’t guarantee this. HTC is in a similar situation too (several updated HTC HD7 firmwares that included an improved radio stack are already circulating and can be flashed, but nothing has been “officially” released).

  • Ccmd_232

    I just recieved my Omnia 7 which I ordered from Amazon :) )) . It already have the F/W Update installed.
    P.S.: I didn’t try to update and probably will not until a fix is available.

  • dan

    I know I’m probably being very dumb but….
    following samsungfirmwares guidelines shouldn’t the XEN firmware languages be: EN,ET,LT,LV,RU,UK (AZ,BG,DE,FR,KA,KK,MK,RO,SR)

    while the BSE languages: CS,DE,EN,FR,HU,IT,PL,SL

    ???? I know I missing something here…. can you help me out?
    thank you very much